Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman

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Duke University Press, Jan 16, 2004 - Social Science - 304 pages
Cesare Lombroso is widely considered the founder of the field of criminology. His theory of the “born” criminal dominated discussions of criminology in Europe and the Americas from the 1880s into the early twentieth century. His book, La donna delinquente, originally published in Italian in 1893, was the first and most influential book ever written on women and crime. This comprehensive new translation gives readers a full view of his landmark work.

Lombroso’s research took him to police stations, prisons, and madhouses where he studied the tattoos, cranial capacities, and sexual behavior of criminals and prostitutes to establish a female criminal type. Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman anticipated today’s theories of genetic criminal behavior. Lombroso used Darwinian evolutionary science to argue that criminal women are far more cunning and dangerous than criminal men. Designed to make his original text accessible to students and scholars alike, this volume includes extensive notes, appendices, a glossary, and more than thirty of Lombroso’s own illustrations. Nicole Hahn Rafter and Mary Gibson’s introduction, locating his theory in social context, offers a significant new interpretation of Lombroso’s place in criminology.

 

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Contents

The Female in the Animal World
41
Anatomy and Biology of Woman
46
Senses and Psyche of Woman
58
Cruelty Compassion and Maternity
65
Love
73
The Moral Sense
77
Intelligence
82
Crime in the Animal World
91
Menstruation Fecundity Vitality Strength and Reflexes
159
Acuteness of Sense and Vision
165
Sexual Sensitivity Lesbianism and Sexual Psychopathy
171
The Female Born Criminal
182
Occasional Criminals
193
Crimes of Passion
201
Suicides
209
The Born Prostitute
213

Crimes of Savage and Primitive Women
95
The History of Prostitution
100
The Skull of the Female Offender
107
Pathological Anomalies
114
The Brains of Female Criminals and Prostitutes
118
Anthropometry of Female Criminals
121
Facial and Cephalic Anomalies of Female Criminals and Prostitutes
127
Other Anomalies
131
Photographs of Criminals and Prostitutes
135
The Criminal Type in Women and Its Atavistic Origins
144
Tattoos
151
The Occasional Prostitute
222
Insane Criminals
227
Epileptic Criminals and the Morally Insane
231
Hysterical Criminals
234
Comparing Three Editions of La donna delinquente
241
Illustrations in the Earlier Editions
256
Notes
259
Glossary
285
References
291
Index
297
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Page 25 - This suggests, further, that any search for a well-defined type of individual, appearing as the delinquent ivoman, will probably be fruitless. Apparently the concept of such a type can not be saved even by expanding it beyond Lombroso's anthropological criminal type and pruning off certain of the absurdities incorporated in his idea.
Page 8 - And women are big children; their evil tendencies are more numerous and more varied than men's, but generally remain latent. When they are awakened and excited they produce results proportionately greater. Moreover, the born female criminal is, so to speak, doubly exceptional, as a woman and as a criminal.
Page 27 - The deviance of women is one of the areas of human behaviour most notably ignored in sociological literature.

About the author (2004)

Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909), an internationally famous physician and criminologist, wrote extensively about jurisprudence, psychiatry, human sexuality, and the causes of crime.

As a young law student, Guglielmo Ferrero (1871-1942) assisted Lombroso with research.

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